Demopolis DECA racks up awards at state conference

Published 1:32 pm Thursday, April 10, 2014

A group photo from CDC. Not pictured are Amanda Martinez and R.J. Cox.

A group photo from CDC. Not pictured are Amanda Martinez and R.J. Cox.

Demopolis High School’s DECA Chapter recently won numerous awards at the Alabama Career Development Conference.

The chapter as a whole was awarded the You Make The Difference award from the Muscular Dystrophy Association. They also were awarded the Gold Marketing Level for the State Recognition Project 2013-2014. Demopolis was the only chapter in the state to receive this recognition.

DHS chapter advisor Connie Davis was recognized as the state’s DECA Advisor of the Year. She also received recognition for serving as state officer advisor and was given a certificate for five years of service.

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Demopolis had a group of 25 DECA students travel to Birmingham to compete during the CDC. Seventeen students will move on to complete in various categories at the national level in Atlanta on May 2-7. Fundraisers are going on now to help pay for student travel to Atlanta.

Award winners include:

•Mantrica Desmond won first place in Accounting.

•Megan Masters won second place in Accounting.

•Madelyn Couch and Alex Casper won first place in Creative Marketing.

•Sam Yeager won first place in Hospitality and Tourism Professional.

•Rachel England won first place Professional Selling.

•Houston Davis and Bailey Petrey won first place in Public Relations Project.

•Lauren Boone and Kathlene Saliba won second place in Community Service Project.

•Courtney Smith and Julia Veres won third place in Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making.

•Mary Francis Brown and Kate Floyd won third place in Hospitality and Tourism Team Decision Making.

•Austin Glass and Emilee Griffith won third place in Learn Earn Project.

•Andrew Cramer won third place in Principles of Business Administration.


The chapter has also been recognized by national DECA as the largest in Alabama. For this achievement, DECA Inc. will host a Leadership Luncheon sponsored by the U.S. Army at the Georgia World Congress Center next month. Sponsors Courtney Taylor, Kelly Gandy and Davis will attend during nationals.